Zakiya Gupta - High Hopes Dubai

Zakiya Gupta

Occupational Therapist
DHA License Number: 00218087-003

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Biography

Zakiya holds Bachelors and a Masters degrees in Occupational Therapy and has over six years of experience working with children of all ages, from newborns through adolescents and adults. She has worked in various settings, including hospitals, pre-school and elementary schools, home-based therapy, and several private out-patient treatment clinics in the UAE, India, and the USA.

She has trained in Neurodevelopmental Techniques (NDT), Sensory Integration (SI), Kinesiotaping, The Listening Program, and the Alert Program.

She uses a combination of assessment tools and approaches in evaluations and therapy, custom tailoring the child’s plan based on their individual needs.

She provides individual and group therapy to children with a range of diagnoses, including Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Cerebral Palsy (CP), developmental delay, Down Syndrome, VATER syndrome, handwriting difficulties, behavior issues, stroke and orthopedic impairments like spina bifida, juvenile RA.

Zakiya’s approach is holistic during her evaluation and treatment sessions. She stresses working with the family to achieve a child’s goals, helping the child reach their highest potential, and teaching families to incorporate sensory and motor activities in everyday life to enhance their children’s development.

Kunali is fluent in English, Hindi and Marathi and she can offer therapeutic support in all three languages.

HER CERTIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor Occupational Therapy
  • Masters in Developmental Disability
  • USC Chan Sensory Integration Continuing Education (CE) Certificate Program
  • Alert Program
  • Kinesiotaping
  • The Listening Program Provider Certification Course
  • Occupational Therapy in Rehabilitation of Oncological Conditions
  • Neurodevelopmental Therapy Continuing Education program and training in India
  • Neurodevelopmental assessment & Intervention of neonates and infants at risk

HER Expertise

  • Amputations
  • Attention deficit ADD/ADHD
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Birth injuries or defects- neural tube defects, microcephaly, congenital ataxia, Chiari malformation
  • Broken bones or orthopaedic injuries
  • Burns
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Chronic illnesses
  • Chronic pain patients
  • Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI)
  • Down Syndrome/Trisomy 21
  • Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and other neuromuscular diseases
  • Dyspraxia
  • Environmental Modifications
  • Fatigue
  • Genetic and chromosomal conditions
  • Global Development Delay
  • Hand or Foot injuries
  • Hemophilia
  • Hydrocephaly
  • Learning disabilities (handwriting, visual motor and visual perceptual difficulties)
  • Mental health or behavioural problems
  • Neurological deficits – Stroke, Guillian Barre syndrome
  • Rare genetic diseases/chromosomal disorders such as CDKL5, VATER Syndrome, Angelman’s syndrome, Rett’s syndrome
  • Rheumatoid arthritis juvenile
  • Seating
  • Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries

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